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Disney Outbids Comcast (Or Mice Aren’t Typically Known For The Size of Their Genitalia)

Apparently Disney has upped their offer for the studio and theatrical divisions of 21st Century Fox to somewhere in the ballpark of $71 billion, topping Comcast’s prior bid of $65 billion.

As I understand it, Comcast would normally have five days to raise their bid, but apparently Fox has accepted Disney’s diabetes-inducing offer so it’s likely ‘Game’s Over!’ for Comcast.

And while I am glad the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be part of the MCU or Marvel Cinematic Universe (let’s be honest: Fox’s management of the X-Men franchise has been, at best, mediocre–which is a high complement compared to their mismanagement of the Fantastic Four) I am not entirely sure we need another massive company which seemingly exist only to enrich the rich and screw the workers (I.e., the people who do the damn work).

And something tells me that soon–not today, not tomorrow, but soon–the worm will turn on these mega-monster mergers and trustbusting will be back in vogue.

Mark my words.

The Predator – Teaser Trailer

What is it with the Alien and Predator franchises?

It almost feels like they’re being deliberately sabotaged (few other things can explain why Ridley Scott is so intent on undermining a series he himself helped to create) by some really bizarre decisions on the part of the people directing them, and it’s a pity.

In the case of the Predator, the problems started with 1990’s Predator 2 (the great idea of a Predator movie in the vein of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop undermined by Stephen Hopkins paint-by-numbers direction and a weak script) and have pretty much continued to varying degrees since that time.

Though I had assumed that the Predator franchise had bottomed out with 2007’s Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

And apparently I was wrong because despite being co-written and directed by the undeniably talented Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) the upcoming The Predator looks to continue the time-honored idea of mixing lots of bad ideas with one or two half-decent ones.

For instance, the idea that the predators are using the DNA from the creatures on the planets they visit to make themselves even deadlier?  Great idea and probably the best addition to the franchise in many Hunter’s moons.

The idea that a little kid discovers a model (!?) of a Predator craft that somehow manages to (apparently) control an actual Predator spacecraft!?

Dumb beyond belief (on the face of it, at any rate).

Then there’s the idea of the movie taking place in Small Town, U.S.A., an idea that didn’t do AVPR ANY favors, so why not do it again?

As I said earlier, Shane Black is a damn talented writer and director, but I get the feeling he’s screwed the pooch on this one.

The Last X-Men Movie?

According to Bleeding Cool, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be the last X-Men movie released by Fox because it’s believed that Disney would have completed their purchase of the studio by that time (and it goes without saying that Kevin Feige is just itching to get his hands on characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four–and let’s not forget Doctor Doom, Annihilus and Galactus).

And that’s is a good thing.  The X-Men movies–once a crown jewel of Marvel Comics, in their time certainly more popular than Captain America, Iron Man or Thor––has been significantly less so in movies.

And I believe that their descent has a lot to do with the way they have been treated in the Fox movies, which is typically uneven (when they’re not being  inconsistent).

And before anyone even thinks Deadpool, that movie was literally an aberration.  Fox management were intent on NOT making that movie, that is till an effects test ‘leaked’ (who’s responsible is to this day unknown, though my money’s on either Ryan Reynolds or Tim Miller) and they saw the rabid response to it.

Then there’s Fox’s fetishization of Wolverine, neglecting the rest of the X-Men in the process.

So I for one can’t wait till we see the X-Men under the Marvel Studios banner.

So what do you think?  Sound off below.

Deadpool Animation Test Footage

Footage from Donald Glover’s aborted take on Fox’s Deadpool was released a while ago, and it not only looks awesome and captures the feel of the movie–it’s gloriously and unrepentantly violent–but oddly enough feels more ‘Deadpool’ than Deadpool actually was.

And I know this is simply an animation test, but it feels like Marvel Television screwed the pooch on this one.

Alien: Covenant | Prologue: The Crossing – Trailer

I find this latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant particularly fascinating, though not necessarily for the reasons that I originally thought I would.

I found the idea that Shaw (Noomi Rapace) had initially reassembled David (Michael Fassbinder) somewhat troubling, especially when you take into account the chaos that he had a hand in initiating–never mind the de-facto murder of Halloway (Logan Marshall-Green) though it’s not apparent that Shaw realizes that David was behind that.

Though it actually makes sense that she would repair David because the likelihood is great that she could not pilot the ship alone, and besides the idea of traveling to an Alien–literally and figuratively–with a talking, disembodied head would probably NOT be a great idea.

Besides, Shaw has journeyed light-years across space on the strength of her faith; on the chance that she might meet the people who literally engineered the Human species.

Compared to the wonders she’d seen, and the terrors she’s survived, repairing David is almost a no-brainer.

Though what’s most interesting about the trailer is toward the end, when the ship arrives in the Engineer homeworld and David says: ‘Look on my works, you Mighty, and despair!’

That’s a line from Perry Bysshe Shelly’s Ozymandias and while it’s uncertain how David means it, seeing that the poem revolves around a found remnant of a fallen empire, it doesn’t look good for the Engineers.

Alien: Covenant – Meet Walter – Trailer

This is a fascinating trailer (and probably more interesting than any trailer has any right to be), so let’s start at the beginning.

First off, take a gander at this.  Why are they wearing these masks?  It certainly isn’t for reasons of protecting against the introduction of bacteria because they have so many large holes that they would defeat the purpose.

Though they do look especially cool.


And I think I might know a potential source that inspired them.  The ‘androids’ below are from an episode from Year Two of  Space:: 1999, One Moment of Humanity. 



Coincidence?  Maybe, maybe not.
Then there’s this which implies in the future AMD is not only doing WAY better than they currently are, but they may have even surpassed Intel, which is interesting for all sorts of reasons.

There there’s this, the logo of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.


Which remarkably similar to this…


Known as the Winged Sun, this iconic symbol from ancient Egypt is associated with divinity, royally and power and a fitting symbol for what is likely the most powerful corporation in the Alien universe.

And last but not least, there’s this…


From the trailer this looks like Walter (Michael Fassbender) is hanging with other synthetic people, but why are they all so…white?  It seems a rather odd omission when when you take into account that Ridley Scott himself has been accused of whitewashing (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and it would have certainly simple for him to include at least one person of color.

Suicide Squad & Deadpool Sitting In A Tree…

k.i.l.l.i.n.g.  (though based on the tone of Deadpool‘s Valentine’s Day trailer, you’d be forgiven if you thought the latter).

Both Deadpool and Suicide Squad seem to be exploring the darker sides of their prospective universes though if you ask me I think DC Films should thank whatever deity they worship that Fox’s entry is coming out six months before because while both films promise a darker–and certainly more violent, if the former’s R rating is any indication–take on superhero movies only one of them seems to be really innovating in the space.

The trailers for Deadpool promise a sense of irrelevance and fun that would be a serious differentiator if the two films were competing against each other directly.

That’s a line of commentary that’s pretty much negated by both coming out months apart, though its an interesting thought exercise.

 

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